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Ed Binkley

Ed has been instrumental in responsive housing design since 1985, having been a partner with two national architectural firms in the past, he opened "ed binkley design, llc" in July of 2009. He has a strong focus on an affordable, green, systems approach to housing, which coincides with his development of “the shelter series”, a collection of small rapidly built homes that incorporate sustainable principles. Ed’s experience also includes work with national and international green housing programs and the design of several demonstration homes that highlight sustainable design principals. He is a frequent speaker at symposiums, contributing editor to national publications and has been featured on a variety of HGTV and radio programs presenting his green building philosophies. Ed has a strong belief that green design starts with a responsible program and client…and the end result is only as successful as that collaboration is strong.
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Lakefront Green in Florida

Posted by Ed Binkley

Jan 3, 2013 1:55:00 PM

I AM WORKING with a retired couple on the design of a “retirement home” in Central Florida. One of the great things about the couple is their desire to live modern, efficiently, and sustainable. This will be a move down home, reduced in size from 11,000 sf to just over 5,000 sf. This may seem excessive but every space in the home will be utilized. She is an active artist working with metal, paintings, and sculpture, he an avid woodworker. The couple has a large collection of art, extended family and grandchildren, and loves to entertain.

The home is situated on a beautiful lake front lot with 270 degree water views; the rear (toward the water) faces west. Every design effort is being made to capitalize on the views, breezes, and protection from the elements. The front of the home, east side, has few windows but the rear (west side) is almost end to end glass protected by extensive overhangs at the porches and treated glazing that allows minimum heat gain while providing clear views.

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Transitional Architecture: 2011 Vision House Orlando

Posted by Ed Binkley

Nov 18, 2011 8:35:00 AM

i HAVE THE PRIVILEGE of participating on an architectural review board (yep, this time it is a privilege!) for a new development in Southeast Orlando called Laureate Park at Lake Nona. The 2500 home community is being developed in collaboration with GE and compliments the neighboring Lake Nona Medical City, which will include hospitals, and bio-science research centers. The premise behind the development is to create a true live-work-play community that offers all amenities and services needed for a sustainable and walkable lifestyle.

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VISION House Orlando: All but done...

Posted by Ed Binkley

Jan 11, 2011 1:41:00 PM

The 2011 VISION House, aka "The Urban Farmhouse" is nearing completion and crews are anxiously wrapping up the loose ends. The home will be open for tours this week during IBS and we all look forward to showing off the results of some very great and dedicated efforts.

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VISION House Orlando: The New Urban Farmhouse

Posted by Ed Binkley

Nov 2, 2010 1:14:00 PM

I HAVE FINALLY COME UP with an architectural style for the 2011 Vision House, and have dubbed it the “New Urban Farmhouse”. Taking its roots from familiar architectural styles in the Orlando fringe community such as Folk Victorian, Florida Coastal, and Greek Revival.

Familiar elements include the gable roof, front porches on both floors, and extended vertical columns, but with a twist. All of the architectural elements have been redefined and unplugged. The porch railing is an industrial system of steel mesh also carried through to the interior stair and loft railings as well as the second floor terrace in the rear between the main house and detached garage.

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Topped Out...almost...VISION House Orlando

Posted by Ed Binkley

Aug 26, 2010 11:37:00 AM

WENT BY THE HOUSE TODAY AND WAS VERY EXCITED with the prgress over the last couple of weeks, in spite of the horrid storms everyday here in Central Florida. The home is really taking shape and the spaces are starting to identify themselves. It's always fun going through a home at this stage, the interior feels pretty much as it will when complete and the choices made during design become exposed. So far...all is well, the spaces feel great.
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VISION House Orlando: First Floor Up

Posted by Ed Binkley

Aug 1, 2010 1:01:00 PM

The first floor ICF system is in place and cores are filled with 30 or so yards of concrete.

WAS A GOOD DAY to visit the site yesterday. The ICF system is most amazing in terms of ease of construction, cleanliness, and addressing all of the structural and environmental issues, which we tend to constantly look for better ways to address...this just may be the answer.

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The VISION House Orlando 2011

Posted by Ed Binkley

Jul 2, 2010 8:57:00 AM

i AM PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN SELECTED as the architect for the 2011 VISION House for Green Builder Magazine. I have been involved with several show homes through the years and all have offered very unique and challenging design opportunities…and a forum to explore new design solutions and products in an arena of teamwork and common goals.

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A Call for Sensible Housing: The Importance of Energy Star Windows

Posted by Ed Binkley

Apr 22, 2010 8:51:00 AM

ONE OF THE FIRST CONSIDERATIONS when beginning a green project is asking the question, “how green can we go?” My response is to pick the low hanging fruit and base your decisions on budget, homeowner desires & goals, availability, and user friendliness.

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A Call for Sensible Housing: Reducing Construction Waste

Posted by Ed Binkley

Mar 11, 2010 8:46:00 AM

We do not build cars by dumping the parts in a driveway, so why should we build homes by dumping the parts in a yard?...

THIS OPENING STATEMENT  comes after years of job site observation where it was not uncommon to see piles of construction waste and wood products such as trusses, plywood, and lumber stacked in mud and being left exposed to the elements of rain, snow, heat and cold…being abused and just overall not looking like a showplace that should be the respectable holding ground for elements required for a future home.

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A Call for Sensible Housing: Making Tiny Houses Bigger

Posted by Ed Binkley

Feb 10, 2010 8:40:00 AM

This blog is the first of a three part series addressing what I see are some fundamental issues regarding a responsible approach to housing. Having designed many (very) large custom homes for celebrities, executives and sports figures…some with (near) no budget criteria…I now find the most satisfaction designing much smaller, more intelligent homes that address the real needs of homeowners today.

THIS FIRST BLOG deals with the size of a house…and how small can a house be to feel big. The second blog will discuss options of systems building, i.e. SIPs, ICFs, value framing, CMU, etc, and the third blog will address green systems and technologies. 

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